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Archives: Oct. 2013

Oct.
31st

Mobile eats: A bagelry on wheels at the University of Washington Tacoma

The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

Two things I’ve always thought the region could always use more of – bagels and food trucks. Find them together in the Budha Bear Bagel Truck, now serving Mondays-Thursdays on the campus of University of Washington Tacoma. Read more »

Oct.
31st

Dining calendar: Wine tasting in Ashford and Gluten-Free Expo

Two events for your dining calendar:

Mt. Rainier Fall Wine Tasting
Nov. 2: The fourth Mt. Rainier Fall Wine Tasting will have visits from nine wineries, Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers and Finn River Cidery. Serving food at the event will be Papa’s Wood Fired Pizza. The tasting is 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Rainier Lions Grand Tasting Hall, 27726 State route 706 E, Ashford. Tickets are $25 (10 tastings) at the event, or $20 if purchased before Oct. 30. Find details here.

Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Expo
Nov. 9: The organization called Gluten Intolerance Group will

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Oct.
29th

Fire updates: Boxcar Grill and Ale House Pub & Eatery

Boxcar Grill closed nearly two weeks ago after a fire at the Sixth Avenue diner. The Ale House Pub & Eatery is still working on its reopening after a two-alarm fire damaged the University Place eatery July 12.  When are they back in business? Here are updates. Read more »

Oct.
28th

Mobile eats: Bella Amore sandwiches and Gibson’s frozen yogurt in downtown Tacoma

Serving at the Post Office building in Tacoma - Bella Amore and Gibson's.
Serving at the Post Office building in Tacoma – Bella Amore and Gibson’s.

Spotted in downtown Tacoma  – two food trucks at the old post office building.

Bella Amore, a new Tacoma truck featuring meatball and sausage sandwiches for $4.99, is serving alongside Gibson’s, the frozen yogurt truck that is the mobile offspring of the Gibson’s yogurt cafes in Westgate and Stadium. Read more »

Oct.
25th

Soups worth slurping around the South Sound

Italian wedding soup from Pizza Casa in Lakewood.
Italian wedding soup from Pizza Casa in Lakewood.

Here comes the dreaded “I can’t breathe through my nose” season.

I seek refuge in a steaming bowl of soup when my upper respiratory system decides to betray me.

Around the South Sound, you’ll find soup in every cultural configuration. Read on for some of my favorite soups to soothe a nasty bug. Read more »

Oct.
24th

Thirsty Thursday: Checking in with Brian Johnson of Better Cocktails at Home

Pictured here, Brian and Brooke Johnson on Tacoma. They produce a web show called Better Cocktails At Home. Photo courtesy of the Johnsons.
Pictured here, Brian and Brooke Johnson on Tacoma. They produce a web show called Better Cocktails At Home. Photo courtesy of the Johnsons.

Brian Johnson’s not a bartender, but he plays one on video. The Tacoman is one year and 54 episodes into a  video hobby that tells Tacomans how to make better cocktails at home. That’s also the name of his weekly video series on YouTube.

Johnson’s not the kind of guy who will spend an episode dictating how to steep your own digestif with 324 varieties of hand-harvested forest herbs or how to dust a rim with magic truffle glitter. That’s because he’s lazy. (His words, not mine.)

To make a better cocktail at home, Johnson’s edict is simple. Keep a well-stocked bar. Learn to balance sweet with sour. Use the right spirit with the right mixer. And, most of all, invite friends over to drink your mistakes.

Here’s Johnson’s take on his weekend hobby as a video bartender.

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Oct.
23rd

Opening Friday: Lunchbox Laboratory in Gig Harbor

The Lunchbox Laboratory's homage to a Dick's Deluxe burger comes with bacon. Burger tested at the Bellevue location.
The Lunchbox Laboratory’s homage to a Dick’s Deluxe burger comes with bacon. Burger tested at the Bellevue location.

The burger diner Lunchbox Laboratory is a nod to an era when “Mork and Mindy” inspired our clothing and Fonzie-isms entered our vernacular. Retro lunchboxes and ‘60s-‘70s themed toys rule the dining room. There’s a picture of the Six Million Dollar Man on the menu. Tang appears on the menu – as an actual beverage option.

The Seattle burger chain’s Gig Harbor outpost opens Friday on Point Fosdick Drive in the same shopping complex as Safeway. Lunchbox Laboratory has cloned itself once in Bellevue, but this is its first venture into the South Sound ‘burbs. Read more »

Oct.
22nd

Now open: Memo’s Mexican in Lakewood

A carnitas taco at Memo's Mexican restaurant in Lakewood.
A carnitas taco at Memo’s Mexican restaurant in Lakewood.

Now open in Lakewood – Memo’s, a fast food Mexican restaurant that advertises 24-hour dining.

Memo’s is new to the South Sound and part of a chain with locations in Seattle, Everett and Yakima. A second South Sound Memo’s is expected to open at 1703 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Read more »